July 18th, 2010
05:49 PM ET
4 years ago

S.C. Senate candidate aims to 'get America back to work'

Manning, South Carolina (CNN) – South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene urged voters Sunday to "get South Carolina and America back to work" in his first major public speech since surprising the political world last month by capturing his party's nomination.

"My campaign is about ... moving South Carolina and America forward," the 32-year-old Greene told a friendly audience in his hometown of Manning during a brief, halting speech that at times jumped from one topic to the next.

The speech, given at a meeting of the local chapter of the NAACP, was voters' first glimpse of Greene's campaign vision as he mounts an unlikely challenge against Republican incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint.

"South Carolina and America cannot afford six more years of my opponent," Greene said of DeMint. "We cannot let my opponent keep this country hostage."

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  1. VnVtrn

    If the good citizens of South Carolina are really serious, they will vote for Alvin Greene to replace DeMint.

    July 18, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Did he explain his plan for getting America back to work?
    If so, did his plan include jobs provided by our governments?

    July 18, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Lucas Breen

    At least Greene is interested in South Carolina. DeMInt is always flying around the country promoting is political allies.

    July 18, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Rowe

    I'm not a fan of sending "regular guys" to govern the country. I want America's BEST to govern the country, and for that reason I'm not a fan of Alvin Greene. But I have to say it's amazingly ironic that after hundreds of years of populism and identity politics, and hundreds of year of Americans whining that they want to send "regular people" and not "elitists" to Congress, now that we actually HAVE a regular guy running for the Senate, people are trashing him for being a regular guy.

    For generations, people have been whining about "elitists" and "career politicians" in washington, and for generations every slick, elitist, career politician has claimed to be just another regular joe, who will have the best interests of the average citizen in mind.

    Well, LISTEN UP, PEOPLE: ALVIN GREENE is the first and only REGULAR GUY i've ever seen run for Congress! If that's really what you want...to be represented by somebody who understands what regular citizens are going through, rather than be represented by an elitist career politician who's just pretending to be an average joe, THEN VOTE FOR GREENE!

    July 18, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Meka

    Greene should have taken a WARNING FROM SARAH PALIN . . . KEEP MOUTH CLOSED!

    July 18, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Hugo

    Yes Democrats, with leaders such as this you expect America to follow and support you in the polls in November? Under Democratic leadership in Congress during the last two years of Bush you brought down the housing market with one blow, with Dem leadership on mortgage derivatives under Clinton's Greenspan you melted our economy down the first time. Yet, you blame it all on the Republicans but the truth is it was Democratic give away's that was the catalyst for crashing the economy. Obama's policies like Healthcare and Financial reform are failures, they will do nothing except cost all of the responsible Americans more while giving our hard earned money away to the bottom of our society. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER AND DONE IN ONE!

    July 18, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Greene, while touching on a variety of issues including the state's education system, unemployment numbers and road projects, did not offer specific ideas for how he would make changes in those areas.
    _______________________________________________________
    He has no ideas. These are complex issues Democratic Party philosophies do not address. Tax a spend is not a solution to any of these or our nation's other major problems. Our continued high unemployment and lagging economic problems in spite of trillions of tax dollars thrown at them show the futility of Democratic Party philosophies and their inability to manage.

    July 18, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. DENNA

    America, remember and pay attention. The Republicans intentions are to win then to REPEAL AND REPEAT. Yes, they want to repeal all of the legislation President Obama managed to get passed, then they will repeat the same old policies that got us into this mess. Vote No to the Party of No in NOvember.

    July 18, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Sen. Alvin Greene

    The election of Pres. Barack Obama showed me that anything is possible in America.

    July 18, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Inez

    If I could get ten grand, would you vote for me. Nobody knows me, I don't have money, and I would be running against Jim Demint. I don't seem to have a lot of political savy, so I would be just right wouldn't I ?

    July 18, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put us in the ditch, why would working Americans hand the keys back to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Well, if the transcript is any indication he is much more articulate than Balin' Palin!

    You betcha'!(wink(

    July 18, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. Inez

    Oh, Maybe I wouldn't be a good candidate because I wasn't accused of anything illegal and had to clear my name.

    July 18, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    You go Mr. Greene!

    July 18, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    It is difficult to see exactly how Senator DeMint is keeping this country hostage.

    July 18, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Bill Drucker

    What was the reason for Greene's discharge from the Army?

    July 18, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Ok9403

    The GOP has not cooperated to make things happen for the people of America. Wake up, politics as usual, let's rid ourselves of people who work for big business and wealthy people. Both houses need to freeze their raises and any money received for lobbying should go toward the budget. They are making millions on the backs of the average americans. The middle and lower classes along with minorities will say what america needs. Focus on what the GOP did for the last 8 years when clinton left, the budget was in the green with surplus. Let's remember that.

    July 18, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Keith in Austin

    Tell your story to the Democratic Leadership smothering job creation across the Country! On Jan. 1st, American Taxpayers will see the largest tax increase in the Nation's history. Thank you Liberal Congress that has been in control since 2006 and a President with a costly Socialistic agenda for the last 2 years! But of course, it's all Bush's fault right?

    July 18, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. u2canfail

    DeMint should go, no matter what. He is rude, and his arguments have no basis in fact.

    July 18, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. is

    May God have mercy on each one of us during these challenging times.

    July 18, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. JonDie

    Neat trick how Republicans in S. Carolina rigged the voting machines to put an unelectable candidate on the ballot.

    July 18, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Larry

    I do not know the man at all, but did see an interview, he seems like a nice guy

    And making no effort on my part to be critical, observed, he could not even put a logical sentence together, when answering a question

    How on earth did Mr Greene become the Democratic candidate for the S.C. Senate ?

    Did I wake up in some parallel universe where nothing these days in politics makes any sense

    July 18, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Pragmatic

    Compare this statement and vision with that of Sharron (the obtuse) Angle:

    She blasted Reid for not doing more to create jobs in Nevada and in the next breath, stated firmly that if elected Senator, creating jobs is not "her job!"

    All DeMint is interested in is destroying the Obama Presidency .... and if he destroyed America too ... too bad – so sad"

    July 18, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |